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TCM (Trad. Chinese Med.)

News – New regulation found after the CAMbrella deliveries:


Switzerland: 29 March 2016 Press release from the Swiss Federal Office of Internal Affairs (EDI). Read more.


Portugal:  September 2, 2013 new regulations on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Read more

Notice! All text below is copied from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec 31, 2012

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a therapeutic system consisting of different treatments. We have not found any professions called TCM practitioner, but some countries regulate TCM as acupuncture.

Map from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012
Figure from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012

10 countries out of 39 have specific regulations on TCM (acupuncture is separately described). In Austria TCM is only allowed for medical doctors. In Bulgaria the health law regulates the use of non-pharmaceutical products of organic or mineral origin.

Further, acupuncture and acupressure are regulated. TCM is in Estonia regulated as a professional standard according to the Professions act. Certificate as a Chinese natural therapist can be issued. In Hungary TCM follows the regulations of acupuncture. Liechtenstein has regulated TCM in the health law as a treatment that may be provided by the “Naturheilpraktiker”.

In Romania the CAM law recognizes Chinese medicine in the group “alternative therapies”. Only doctors, dentists and pharmacists with approved additional qualifications may practise TCM in Romania. In Serbia TCM is listed in the CAM bylaw as “a method of treatment suitable for practise”. Regulated health personnel may practise TCM in Serbia. Slovenia has listed TCM in the CAM act as “a CAM system that may be used when carrying out CAM practices”.

Practitioners with educational level of at least secondary education in healthcare
may practise TCM in Slovenia. In Switzerland TCM is included in federal laws and detailed
regulation delegated to medical and non-medical associations. In the UK a TCM practitioner may register voluntarily with a professional body. A statutory regulation on those prescribing Chinese herbal medicines is in progress.

In 29 countries we have not found specific TCM regulations. General CAM and health
regulations may influence TCM treatment. Note also the acupuncture regulations for all the 39 countries.

Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012
Table from the CAMbrella report – delivered Dec. 2012

Go directly to the regulation of  TCM in a specific country:

Albania Austria – Belgium – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia – Finland FranceGermany – Greece– Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Israel Italy Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malta Montenegro – NetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerland TurkeyUnited Kingdom


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